Gender Identity

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How God designed us

When God created us in the beginning, He made us male and female (Genesis 1:27).

God made males and females different from one another. That should tell us something.

God designed males and females to complement one another in the marriage relationship.

God intends for the difference between the sexes to be obvious (see Deuteronomy 22:5).

How things are changing

Today increasingly our youth are questioning their God-given sexual identity. These precious young people are being brainwashed as never before by those with an agenda.

Parents must combat the propaganda and teach their sons to be comfortable in their masculinity, and their daughters to be comfortable in their femininity.

When we follow God’s original design, the results are good.

But when we don’t . . . .

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Start Early!

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Wise counsel

Commencement speakers often speak of goals, success, hard work, serving others, etc.

But how many include this passage in their remarks: “Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth . . .” (Ecclesiastes 12:3)?

Are we accidents, or are we here on purpose? There’s no question how the Bible answers: “Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth . . . .”

Alexander Maclaren wrote, “If ever you turn to God in your older days, nothing will be so painful as the remembrance that you forgot Him so long” (Maclaren’s Expositions of Holy Scripture, Vol. 3, 405).

Wise response

God wants to be far more than our Creator. He longs to become our Redeemer and Father as well.

For this to happen, we must let Him.

And the sooner the better.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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Aimless Living

My dilemma

As I approached graduation from high school, anxiety possessed me. I had to make a choice: What would I do with my life? I recognized that saying “yes” to one thing meant saying “no” to everything else, and that felt like a burden too great to bear.

But the most important decision was much easier than that. It was not what would I do with my life, but who would I serve?

My decision

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).

That one decision has made all of the others in my life.

Don’t live aimlessly. Aim to please God.

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By guest writer: Randy Daw (Johnson Street Church of Christ, Greenville, TX)

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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In One Ear . . . ?

When to listen, when not to

Listening is a major theme of the book of Proverbs.

The book is designed to guide young men in making wise choices, while avoiding foolish ones.

For this to happen, one must really listen, learn, and live accordingly.

Youth must listen to their parents (1:8; 4:1-6; 23:22).

But they must also avoid listening to the wrong people (1:10-19; 7:6-23; 17:4).

They must listen to wise counsel (12:15; 19:20).

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To our advantage

It’s wise to listen to needed correction and foolish not to (1:20-33; 15:32; 25:12).

Listening leads to positive outcomes (8:32-35; 21:28)

Refusing to listen results in major consequences (5:1-14; 13:1; 19:27).

God won’t hear the prayers of those who won’t listen to Him (28:9).

It’s just that important!

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Proverbs Revisited

A Christian counselor told me he assigns some of his clients to copy by hand chapters from the book of Proverbs. He has seen wicked people change for the better by doing this.

Wisdom absorbed

Proverbs was originally designed to help young men avoid the traps youth are vulnerable to—and to make wise choices instead. But Proverbs makes for profitable reading for any age, male or female.

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As the counselor told me, Proverbs has 31 chapters, one for every day of the month.

Wisdom applied

A chapter a day could make a real difference for any of us—if we turn what we learn into living.

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